My Father's House

My Father's House

by Kathi Appelt, Raul Colon
     
 

Oh my father, thank you,

for all your many mansions. . . .

From woodland halls to painted desert walls, from mountain porches wrapped in snow to rain forest attics catching clouds, this exquisitely beautiful poetic tribute to Earth's creator is grand in its gratitude and sure of the love found throughout the natural world.

Filled with award-winning

Overview

Oh my father, thank you,

for all your many mansions. . . .

From woodland halls to painted desert walls, from mountain porches wrapped in snow to rain forest attics catching clouds, this exquisitely beautiful poetic tribute to Earth's creator is grand in its gratitude and sure of the love found throughout the natural world.

Filled with award-winning artist Raul Colón's jewel-toned illustrations, My Father's House imparts a refreshing and uplifting message that is necessary today more than ever. This is a book both to give and to treasure for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

With the Bible verse John 14:2 as inspiration ("In my Father's house are many mansions") and a tip of the hat to Al Gore on the dedication page ("in gratitude for his service and commitment on behalf of our beautiful blue planet"), Appelt (Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers) and Colón (Doña Flor) offer appreciation for the beauty and wonder of creation. The gentle text, written in four-line stanzas, is spot-on in its meter and occasionally imbues locations throughout the natural world with household analogues (mountains become "porches wrapped in snow/ Where black bears dine on cherries" and the tundra is imagined as a ballroom "filled with dancing northern lights"). Colón's paintings beautifully convey a childlike reverence. Rendered in softly radiant hues and comfortingly rounded and curvilinear shapes, the images bring to mind vintage murals; fine, undulating lines, reminiscent of engraving, give the pictures dynamism and textural depth. Ultimately, text and artwork combine to make a soothing, spiritually resonant offering for environmentally conscious readers. Ages 4-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
This versatile, talented author has given a new dimension to the quote "In my Father's house are many mansions." Appelt has the speaker thanking the Father for the various habitats of the Earth—those areas that make up the "mansions" of our very planet. Without preaching, she gives the reader a lyrical word picture of such diverse settings as the Tundra, the Rainforest, the Ocean, the Shore, the Marsh, and the Prairie. The illustrations are gorgeous visual punctuations for the clear, flowing verses: "And where the trees stand oh so close, Where deer and rabbits rest, I'll wander through these Woodland halls Where songbirds build their nests." Effortlessly inviting the reader to experience the essence of each geographical area, the author introduces quite a few facts that define the habitat—woodlands have deer, rabbits, and songbirds. The award-winning illustrator has contributed double spreads that not only echo the text but also expand the total experience of this beautiful book. The author's dedication of the book to Al Gore reflects her own care for this "beautiful blue planet" that we all share, while Colon's art provides the perfect setting for her expressions of delight and gratitude for the earth. Whether depicting the far north with its magical Northern Lights or showing us a young person with arms open wide to embrace the entire ocean, his masterful talent is displayed as the perfect complement to the gentle, loving text. Early readers will appreciate being able to read much of this for themselves, and older readers will understand that the language is sophisticated but not obtuse. Reading this title aloud to a group or all on one's own will prompt thoughtfuldiscussion. This is definitely a first choice for libraries and family collections.
Kirkus Reviews
A familiar Bible verse from the Book of John ("in my Father's house are many mansions") serves as the inspiration for this rhyming text expressing thanks for the wonders of the natural world. This traditional wording is followed throughout the text, with thanks offered to "the Father" without further reference to God. Successive verses describe the beauty and inhabitants of various environments: ocean, tundra, woodland, prairie, rain forest, marsh, desert, mountains and space. Some of the verses succeed as lovely descriptive poetry, but others have ending rhymes that don't quite work, particularly in the concluding verse. Children will need an adult's help to understand the symbolic meaning of "mansions" in this context, as well as explanation of a few metaphors, such as porches on mountains or painted kitchen walls in the desert environment. Expressive illustrations in colored pencil and watercolor use a technique mimicking scratchboard, which is attractively echoed in colored background surrounding the text blocks. Col-n's illustrations include people of different ethnic groups and a flowing, surrealistic interpretation of planets, stars and imaginary mansions floating under a rainbow canopy. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670036691
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/17/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 10.68(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

New York Times Best-Illustrated Award,Silver and Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators, and ALA Notable honors, as well as critical acclaim from reviewers. He lives in New City, New York.

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